You need a lot of energy as the mama of an 11-month-old baby.
As your little one becomes ever more mobile, they’re finding plenty of mischief to get involved in.
And that means both of you will benefit from an 11-month-old sleep schedule that gives you the right amount of time to rest and recharge.
But, of course, every mama and every baby is different—and every day brings different challenges.
So, while we hope you’ll find some inspiration for a helpful 11-month-old baby sleep schedule in this article, don’t worry if your routine doesn’t always work out as planned.
With that in mind, let’s get started.
In this article 📝
- What does an 11-month-old sleep schedule look like?
- How long should an 11-month-old be awake between naps?
- How much sleep do 11-month-old babies need?
- How many times should an 11-month-old sleep?
- What time should an 11-month-old go to bed?
- Is there a sleep regression at 11 months?
- How can I get my 11-month-old to sleep through the night?
What does an 11-month-old sleep schedule look like?
As an overview, a typical 11-month-old sleep schedule looks like this: An early start to the day, followed by a morning and an afternoon nap, and then off to bed in the early evening.
How long should an 11-month-old be awake between naps?
Ideally, you’ll be aiming to give your baby about 3 to 3.75 hours of awake time after getting up in the morning, between their naps, and before bed.
During those periods of wakefulness, give them plenty of opportunities to burn off their energy—it will help them sleep better later. (You can find some ideas for fun activities for 11-month-olds right here.)
How much sleep do 11-month-old babies need?
Most 11-month-old babies need about 14 hours of sleep per day in total.
So an effective 11-month-old schedule for sleep will take that into account. Try to allow for 11 to 12 hours of sleep in the nighttime and 2 to 3 hours during the day (split into two nap times).
If your baby seems to need a little less sleep than that, don’t worry. The important thing is that they get at least 10 hours of sleep at night.
How many times should an 11-month-old sleep?
On top of their night sleep, the majority of 11-month-olds need two naps each day to be happy and well-rested. Each nap will last around 1 to 1.5 hours.
The first nap usually happens about 3 hours after your baby has woken up in the morning. Then you would leave 3 to 3.75 hours between waking up from the morning nap and starting the afternoon nap.
So an 11 month old baby schedule for naps might look something like this:
- 6:30am Wake up from night-time sleep
- 9:30 to 10:30am Morning nap
- 2:00 to 3:30pm Afternoon nap
- 6:45pm Bedtime routine
- 7:15pm Sleep
At this age, your baby might start resisting one of their naps, but stick to two if you possibly can.
Most babies aren’t ready to reduce to one nap until they’re at least 15 months old.
So dropping a nap now could lead to overtiredness and difficulty sleeping at night.
Instead, try extending the periods that they’re awake between naps. This should help them to burn off more energy and make it easier for them to sleep during naptimes.
What time should an 11-month-old go to bed?
There’s no one right answer here. The ideal bedtime for an 11-month-old will be whatever time lets them get their recommended 11 to 12 hours of night sleep.
It’s simple to work this out: just count forward 12 to 13 hours from the time your baby wakes up in the morning.
For example, a baby who wakes up at 6:30am will need to go to bed at 6:30 to 7:30pm to get the optimum amount of sleep.
Is there a sleep regression at 11 months?
Sleep regressions can happen at any time during your little one’s first year (and beyond).
So you might have survived one or two of these already by this point.
But just to recap: a sleep regression is where a baby’s sleeping pattern gets disrupted.
They might be fine one day, and the next they’re refusing to nap or waking up a lot during the night.
But what causes a sleep regression? Well, it could be linked to physical discomfort, such as teething.
Or, often, it happens because your baby is going through an important developmental phase.
If they’re just learning their first words, for example, their brain can be really active, so it’s hard for them to switch off at naptime or bedtime.
While sleep regressions aren’t fun for either of you, they are temporary. Usually, they’ll be over within two weeks.
If the disruption lasts longer than that, you might want to check in with your pediatrician to rule out any health issues that could be behind it.
How can I get my 11-month-old to sleep through the night?
Ah, a question asked by so many of us! While most 11-month-olds can sleep through the night for 11 to 12 hours at a stretch (at least some of the time), some still need a little help to stay settled.
Whether you’re hoping to get your baby to sleep through the night for the first time, or you’re in the middle of an 11-month-old sleep regression, here are some tips for a peaceful night:
- Stick to two naps, but keep them short and sweet. As we saw above, 11-month-olds still need their two naps per day to keep them well-rested. But it’s a good idea not to let the naps go on too long—1 to 1.5 hours for each nap is plenty. Very long naps may mean your baby is less tired at night and finds it hard to sleep for the full 11 to 12 hours.
- Use the crib for naps as much as you can. Making the crib a regular part of your baby’s sleep routine, day and night, will help them to associate that place with rest. Crib = Sleep. This may help them to settle more easily once they’re there. (Of course, it’s not always possible to avoid a nap in the stroller if you’re out and about.)
- Continue with the bedtime routine. No doubt you’re an expert at the bedtime routine now: the bath and the nursery rhymes are lined up. But if your baby’s not sleeping well and you’re both cranky, it can be tempting to let the routine fall to one side. Try to keep going with it if you can, though—it may help your baby get through this rough patch more quickly.
- Avoid screens in the build-up to bedtime. Electronic light is like a wake-up call for your baby’s brain, so best to put the tablet away in the couple of hours before bedtime.
- Create a calming sleep environment. Make sure the place where your baby sleeps is dark enough (use blackout drapes if needed), has a good temperature, and just the right amount of quiet (your baby might prefer white noise or gentle music instead of total silence).
Why not see if the other mamas on Peanut have their own sleep tips to share? Sweet dreams. 🛏️
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